The social and public conversations about the issues that matter in the United States and elsewhere lacked two important ingredients – civility and discourse. We need a revolution by conversation. Our very survival depends on it.
I realize that we can’t change the world until we change ourselves. The macro and micro are interrelated. Thinking that there is no relationship between how we treat our children, and the people we elect who set policies that govern the care and education of all children and families, is where we run into trouble.
“What is a new reality and how do you build it?” is one of our most frequently asked questions. A new reality is one in which participants have “more voice, more choice, and more responsibility.” There are as many ways to build a new reality as there are stars in the sky. Therefore, the best […]
Can we establish a substantial organization—a GLIA—that cares about the needs of ordinary people, and has sufficient influence to counterbalance the powerful government and corporate interests that dominate the world?
It is important to understand that if the selected student does not take their role seriously, the group can vote them out at any time. But the point is that no one who wants to learn a skill set or take on a responsibility is written off and denied an opportunity.
It always amazes us how quickly these very different students, who would not typically associate with one another, become friends.
Restorative practices provide a simple framework to give people a voice in a noisy world, and agency at a time when global events happen faster and with more frequency than we have the time to keep up with. Restorative practices are indeed a social science that allow us to fully express and experience our humanity with dignity.
“It started as a way of surviving, but then it became the most precious, human thing you can do at such moments,” she said. “We sat down…in a circle just to come back to ourselves, to try to find the words for what we were feeling and try to make sense of it.”
There is a plethora of ideas among those of us who are interested in building a new reality, using strategies with different names and in different settings, but all with a common thread—an emphasis on opportunities for people to talk to each other.
For the first time in our thirty-year history, we were headed toward layoffs. We held a meeting with several hundred staff to discuss the state of the organization and our plans to right the ship.